The symposium theme, Discovery and Design in Disability and Rehabilitation, will feature the latest interdisciplinary research focused on new discoveries and innovations in design in the disability and rehabilitation field aimed at enhancing services, practices and policies for the wellbeing of people with complex rehabilitation needs. The day-long symposium will present a stimulating interdisciplinary program of oral and poster presentations, invited speakers, and panel session.

Presenting as invited speaker and bioethics expert, is internationally renowned Professor Jackie Leach Scully from the University of New South Wales UNSW

                                                             Jackie Lech Scully is Professor of Bioethics, and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. A biomedical scientist by training she went on to help establish the first interdisciplinary bioethics institute at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and most recently was Executive Director of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University, UK. She has lived experience of disability and disabling illness, and has been an activist for disabled people's rights for over 30 years.

Kevin Cocks AM is a well-respected champion of human rights. He has dedicated himself to pushing for an inclusive, accessible and diverse Queensland through legislative and policy reform and State-wide advocacy. Until recently, he was the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner. In February 2018, his term of appointment came to an end as Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, but he will now continue to push for evidence-based reform through his important role as Patron of The Hopkins Centre. Kevin has pursued a lifelong fight for the rights of people with a disability, and has always been an inspiring advocate and role model. As a young man, Kevin sustained a C6 complete quadriplegia in a sporting accident. Through his personal experiences, he brought a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the role of Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, where he focused on protecting the principles of dignity and equality for everyone.

Further speakers and keynote address will be announced shortly.